Injuries have been a major problem for Liverpool this season, and now, just before the team’s return to the Premier League, Jurgen Klopp has experienced yet another blow
Roberto Firmino injured himself during practice prior to Friday night’s Carabao Cup loss to Manchester City, according to Klopp.
The manager of Liverpool disclosed:
With the exception of Bobby, who sadly sustained an injury during training two days ago, we primarily use the players who could complete all sessions at this time and had a break.
“Not a large one, but adequate for the time. Darwin [Nunez] is currently beginning as a result. In any case, he may have begun, but Darwin is doing so right now.
Unfavorable news for Klopp
Firmino’s injury is unquestionably bad news for Klopp because Liverpool needs a revival in the Premier League when they play Aston Villa on Boxing Day.
Picking up points in the upcoming games will be crucial if the Reds are to have any chance of competing over the course of the second half of the season. The Reds are currently sixth in the Premier League table after a run of inconsistent performances and have fallen 15 points behind league leaders Arsenal.
As the Brazilian powerhouse has been in amazing form in front of goal, despite the team’s struggles to dominate in the top flight, the German coach will undoubtedly find Firmino’s injury disappointing.
The 31-year-old number nine, whose contract is slated to expire in the summer of 2023, has contributed to a goal every 105 minutes so far this season over the course of 21 appearances in all competitions.
As the two attackers are recovering from long-term injuries and aren’t anticipated back for at least six weeks, Liverpool are already missing Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota, leaving the boss with just Mohammed Salah and Darwin Nunez as his attacking options.
In light of this, Klopp will undoubtedly be hoping that Firmino can make a speedy recovery because his absence may hinder the aggressive start that Anfield will require for the upcoming games.